May Contain Spoilers
When I saw this at the library, I clicked the borrow button. They have the entire series available for the Kindle, and since eBooks are my preferred method of reading, I was more than happy to see what Kamisama Kiss is all about. This was a cute read, and since I have a soft spot for supernatural creatures, Tomoe wasn’t hard to like, despite the massive chip on his shoulder.
Nanami is a put-upon high school student. Her father, a gambler, keeps them in poverty, and she struggles to keep a roof over her head and food on the table. When he ducks out of town to avoid bill collectors, and she’s evicted from their apartment, she has no where else to go. A chance meeting with a man in the park sends her to a shrine in the mountains, where he insists she’ll be welcome and have a place to stay. He gives her a kiss on the forehead and sends her on her way.
When she arrives at the shrine, she finds a rundown building inhabited by three spirits. It turns out that when the guy kissed her, he gave her the divine mark making her the tochigami, or keeper of the shrine. Tomoe, a good looking, fox eared yokai, has been waiting for twenty years for the original tochigami to return, and when Nanami shows up in his place, Tomoe is not happy. He’s been slaving away for all that time, doing his best to keep the shrine running, and now he’s been abandoned. He is resentful of Nanami, angry at being kicked to the curb, and decides he doesn’t need any of this anymore. Off he goes to the spirit world to drink and party and try to work off his rage.
Nanami is the kind of girl who has no patience for anything but the truth. Her father is a complete loser who leaves her with no money and no home, and she is desperate for a place to stay. But Tomoe is a jerk, and she doesn’t want to be the new tochigami. When an evil spirit tries to eat her, Tomoe reluctantly comes to the rescue, but only after Nanami binds him to her. I guess I would have done the same if a creepy old lady was trying to stab me.
The introduction to the series was cute and not too deep. While Nanami is reluctant to take over the duties associated with the shrine, she sees how important they are, and how hard Tomoe has been working to keep things going. She’s becoming fond of the yokai at the shrine, and there are worse places to stay, so she’s going to try to make the best of the weird situation.
Grade: 4.25 stars
Review copy borrowed from my local library
About the book:
Nanami Momozono is alone and homeless after her dad skips town to evade his gambling debts and the debt collectors kick her out of her apartment. So when a man she’s just saved from a dog offers her his home, she jumps at the opportunity. But it turns out that his place is a shrine, and Nanami has unwittingly taken over his job as a local deity!
Nanami has all kinds of new responsibilities she doesn’t understand, dangers she’s unaware of, and a cranky ex-familiar who’s…actually pretty hot. What’s a new-fledged godling to do?